Rebecca received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in biomedical engineering from Purdue University in 2010 and 2011, respectively. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in the Center for Implantable Devices within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue. Her hometown is Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
The purpose of her doctoral work is to develop wirelessly powered, chronically-implantable myoelectric sensors to assist in rehabilitating upper limb amputees. These devices can be used to retrieve motor control information in real-time from muscles in patients who require means to direct the movements of an electric prosthetic limb. Additionally, these sensors can be used to collect longitudinal, voluntary-evoked electromyographic (EMG) data in untethered animals. She hopes this work will help elucidate the temporal changes in muscle function in mouse models for various neuromuscular disorder and peripheral neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease.